Boxers win two on road swing

Volleyball - Pacific takes care of business on the first half of its Washington road trip

Pacific picked up a rare sweep of Whitman and Whitworth on its annual eastern Washington road trip, playing to a pair of five-game victories over the weekend in Northwest Conference volleyball action.

The Boxers (6-12, 3-5) dropped Whitman in five games on Saturday, then did the same to Whitworth on Sunday to get back in the Northwest Conference mix and snap a three-match losing skid. It was the first time Pacific logged a sweep of the two Washington schools since 1995, which was also the last time the Boxers won at Whitworth Fieldhouse.

'Both matches were our most consistent performances of the season,' said Pacific head coach Chris Stanley. 'Whitman was as good as we thought they would be, so I came away more happy with that win. Whitworth has really strengthened from what we saw earlier in the season. Despite that, we never felt in doubt in either match.'

On Saturday, Pacific went to work on a thrilling 30-26, 30-25, 25-30, 25-30, 15-13 win over Whitman (7-9, 3-5). Senior Megan Van Domelen blasted 18 kills in the match to lead a strong hitting effort by the Boxers. Four different players finished with double-digit kills as Pacific hit .257 for the match.

Melissa Dunn had 17 kills for the Boxers, while teammates Jill Peacock and Caitlin Gollehon added 15 and 10, respectively. Junior Anela Iseke had a season-high 59 assists in the five-game victory. Rosa Brey and Leslie Compean led Whitman with 17 kills apiece.

With one win already in the books, Pacific outlasted Whitworth (4-15, 3-5) in another hard-fought match on Sunday, eventually pulling out a 30-27, 23-30, 30-19, 20-30, 15-11 triumph.

The Boxers hit just .172 for the match but it was enough to get past the defending conference champions. Peacock had 17 kills to pace Pacific and Dunn added 12 more. Iseke had 48 assists. Angie Florence led the Pirates with 16 kills.

Pacific returns to the road this weekend to face Puget Sound (11-4, 6-2) and Pacific Lutheran (14-4, 8-0), two of the top teams in the Northwest Conference.